Step Ups Make an Appointment Ask a Question Find a Doctor How this helps: It improves and maintains strength in your legs and your balance. How to do it: Find a platform that is eight to nine inches high. Stand next to it while using a handrail or counter for support. Slowly step up onto the platform with your right foot and follow with your left foot. Lower yourself back to the starting point and repeat 10 times, leading with the right foot. Repeat for another set of 10 repetitions leading with the left foot. Keep breathing, don’t hold your breath while exercising. This information has been approved by Kimberly Sack, MS, PT (May 2012).